Learn the signs that you need to take some time to normalize and heal spiritually. We have a spiritual maintenance checklist of things to repair the mind.
The modern world centers on our productivity and efficiency. It measures us in terms of our return on investment. It does not consider our health and welfare. We need to take time to recuperate from the stress of our hectic lives. Learn the signs that you need some maintenance time and what you can do.
Before we get to the list, let’s define the subject first.
Spiritual Maintenance Definition
Maintenance in the spiritual sense refers to the appropriate time for spiritual self-care. It’s a relatively straightforward strategy, but everyone needs something different depending on how depleted or the level of emotional injury.
Spiritual has to do with the human spirit or soul, which is synonymous with consciousness. It’s who we talk to inside our heads. It’s that part of our awareness that is experiencing reality. Some cultures call this The Observer. It has nothing to do with the belief or faith in imaginary beings. This spiritual maintenance definition excludes religion.
What’s important is taking the appropriate amount of time to identify what is needed and then applying the correct remedy. It can also be challenging to fix the solution into your busy schedule. But it’s worth it in the long run. Once you do identify the problem, then the answer is often evident.
Everyone you meet is traumatized to some extent, and this includes you. No one is exempt from emotional and physical injury.
Signs You Need Offline for Spiritual Maintenance
When you have dreams with emotionally unsettling themes, this is a significant sign there’s an issue that needs attention. Reoccurring dreams are the subconscious mind’s way of telling you something is wrong. The problem in the theme is often transparent, so you generally won’t have to investigate very far to learn the issue.
In this case, you are likely dealing with a deeply rooted emotional trauma. It’s often the way post-traumatic stress surfaces. So, the self-care solution isn’t one you can take care of at one time. You’ll probably need to schedule sessions until you can get your arms around it well enough to eliminate the bad dreams. Facing the issue usually involves talking about it but may also require the professional supervision of pharmaceuticals.
If you can find a Shaman well-versed in emotional trauma, they can also speed your recovery. Many people have had excellent results from a competent healer who uses the spiritual journey to help you obtain spiritual and emotional healing.
Thoughts of Revenge
If thoughts of revenge dominate your thought-life, this is another sign you need to be offline for spiritual maintenance. Unfortunately, many people don’t talk about this type of obsessive thinking. Only after they have followed through with the act did they discover it did not solve the underlying issue.
Self-awareness is the key. If you realize that you are spending time with negative thoughts of vengeance and retaliation, you can stop it. It’s a sign of emotional pain. Anger is a typical response to trauma. But even if they act out, it does not deal with the underlying issue.
Here again, if you can find a qualified spiritual healer like a shaman, they can help guide you through the necessary steps to confront the source of the trauma and deal with it. Talking with someone helps, as long as they do not encourage negative thinking. The more you dwell on things that cause you distress, the more likely you will act out.
We list revenge separately from the harmful thoughts and actions below for emphasis. Revenge is one of the “three greatest burdens” of the mind, along with regret and religion.
The fact is religion is one of the leading causes of emotional stress and spiritual injury. The more exposure you have to organized religion, the more likely you are to suffer the effects. These effects include the eroding of your ability to use common sense and logic. People have real physical pain from attempting to ignore the facts the underly their beliefs. When people gather in groups, they are prone to act with a “mob mentality” and do things they would not normally do.
We’ll talk more about this situation under the spiritual maintenance checklist section.
Fear, Fatigue, and Apathy
Fear, fatigue, and apathy go hand-in-hand. It can start with any of the three. It becomes a vicious spiral, one leading to the other. We tend to overlook fatigue because it is nearly a pandemic in the modern world—the same for fear and apathy. We fear the future because of rising tensions in the culture. Our workplaces ignore all of these, focusing on getting the most return on investment before you burn out.
These are symptoms you need to be offline for spiritual maintenance. One of the best and least costly solutions to these three is unplugging from things for a while. Sometimes even a two or three-minute break is enough to rest your emotional equilibrium.
Forgetful, Defeated, Depressed, or Board
Boredom, forgetfulness, and defeat are negative aspects of your personality and instinctual stack. These are mind-numbing elements that trigger our basic fears. When we doubt ourselves when we are not challenged and become bored, the mind wanders and shuts off. So, we blank out and thus become prone to forgetting things. Then we forget something important, and we feel defeated.
Depression is the natural response of the mind to overwhelming negativity. It is common in our modern society because commercialism and radical ideologies create tension. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates from 2016 show that 16.2 million U.S. adults suffer from a significant depressive episode in the last year, representing 6.7 percent of the U.S. adult population. But those who have moderate ongoing symptoms are estimated at 20 percent. That means one out of five adults are considered “the walking wounded.”
Harmful Thoughts And Actions Toward Yourself or Others
Harming yourself includes physical and thoughts and behaviors. Our inner critic is often the root of negative, destructive behaviors and addictions. It also has what the law considers “abusive behavior” towards people, animals, and the environment. Other self-destructive thought patterns and actions include stalking, verbal criticism like sarcasm and ignoring, yelling, harsh tones, cheating, name-calling, and demeaning.
Spiritual Maintenance Checklist
Now it’s time to discuss the best remedies for the above symptoms. Here’s how to repair and prepare. When you treat your spirit, you often heal the mind and the body because these are interconnected.
These treatments fall into two categories, the things you should do and the things you should stop. First, the list of things you should do will list the things to avoid or eliminate.
Things To Do
The spiritual maintenance definition focuses on processes and activities promoting wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
1) The Shamanic Journey is humankind’s first spiritual technology that uses sound and imagination to open the fifth state of consciousness. Michael Harner calls this the Shamanic State of Consciousness. The use of a drum beat facilitates control of heart rate and breathing. Then, the imagination opens the subconscious mind to a landscape of primal symbolism. This frame of consciousness is what guided meditation is all about. It’s how to get the conscious mind offline for spiritual maintenance.
2) The mind is a lot like a computer. If you unplug it for a few minutes and then restart it again, it works better. So, the simple two-step meditation technique is the quickest way to disconnect the active mind. This mind hack is the first go-to remedy when you have any of the symptoms above (except for nightmares, of course).
3) Solitude. It’s even easier than meditation. Some people can do this in a group, but most of us will benefit from being alone. Solitude is not loneliness. Again, you can feel lonely in a crowd. Solitude is time to observe. It goes well with our next tactic.
4) Mindfulness meditation is a step up from the two-step meditation. You can do this either seated or while moving; it’s an easy way to disengage from worry and stress. It’s one of the primary mental tools for the modern world.
5) Samadhi is the 4th state of consciousness, the transcendent state where we enter the sublime state of restful alertness. You can reach this state with Japa Meditation or the more commercially available Transcendental Meditation (TM). Both processes are the same thing.
6) Moving meditation is another way to connect with and cultivate our spiritual energy. It’s best to have a solid foundation with seated meditation; this way, you bring the essence of the transcendent into action.
7) Self-care is another essential element for repairing and recovering. The appropriate self-care relieves stress. Make sure the focus is on activities rather than merchandise.
8) The Enneagram personality profile is another great tool to help identify the hardware thought scripts of personality and instinct that can be problematic. It helps us to distinguish between the programming that comes from the cultural narrative and the Ego.
Things to Avoid or Stop
1) Organized religion is by far the most significant contributor to negative programming. When we talk about negative social programming, we refer to religious bias that justifies discrimination and bigotry. The three main religions responsible for this kind of harmful propaganda are the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. These systems promote everything from genital mutilation to genocide. Religious fanaticism is responsible for wars.
2) Propaganda disguised as news programming. These types of disinformation are an extension of the values propagated by organized religion. An excellent example of this is the TV program Fox News. It is not news but religious-based propaganda.
3) Identify and avoid the victim mentality. When we become victims, we are more susceptible to the rhetoric of religious extremism and conspiracy theories.
If you have any of the symptoms outlined above, please take time to go offline for spiritual maintenance. Don’t overlook your need to rest and repair your mind, body, and soul.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia